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F&W is committed to helping landowners get the most out of their timberland – one of the best tools is current and relevant information. Through the F&W Forestry Report, our clients and subscribers gain an insider’s view on the latest market conditions, timber prices and legislation affecting forestry. Each quarterly report is packed with insights gathered from our participation in professional associations, academic research cooperatives and everyday work in the forest to give you an edge in the marketplace.

Mediocre Demand And Aging Forests Weigh On Timber Markets

Mediocre Demand And Aging Forests Weigh On Timber Markets

Despite the steady rise in housing starts, a primary driver of demand for wood products, timber markets are muddling, the head of one of the nation’s largest forest management firms writes in his firm’s quarterly newsletter.

Marshall Thomas, president of F&W Forestry Services, which operates across the major forested regions of the Eastern U.S., said in his firm’s summer newsletter that the current state of timber markets can be explained by the theory of supply and demand.

“Demand, in my opinion, still remains an issue,” Thomas said. “While housing starts have increased, they haven’t reached the magic level of 1.3 million units per year, which seems to be the accepted level at which demand begins to impact [timber] prices at normal supply levels.”

But Thomas also said there is an oversupply of softwood sawtimber, caused by the aging forest and the drop in the demand for wood during the recent recession.

“The aging forest means that we have a disproportionate amount of large trees, and the reduction in harvests has resulted in a buildup of supply,” Thomas added. “Prices will improve when all those factors balance.”

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Softwood Lumber Dispute Heats Up As U.S. Imposes Tariffs

Softwood Lumber Dispute Heats Up As U.S. Imposes Tariffs

The dispute over Canadian softwood lumber entering the U.S. heated up this spring and summer when the U.S. Commerce Department announced preliminary countervailing duties on Canadian lumber imports in April, and followed up two months later with the announcement of antidumping duties. This brings the total combined tariffs to be levied on Canadian softwood lumber imports to between 17.41 percent and 30.88 percent.

While the Canadian government denies it subsidizes the industry, it also acted quickly to provide more than $641 million in financial aid to Canadian softwood lumber producers to mitigate the new duties.

With NAFTA renegotiations set to begin in August, the new developments make it seem unlikely that a new softwood lumber agreement will be reached between the two countries by then.

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Washington Focus Turns To Major Tax Overhaul

Washington Focus Turns To Major Tax Overhaul

As the new Trump administration settles in, work has begun in earnest on the domestic policy agenda, with tax reform, forest biomass, Waters of the U.S., the federal budget, and softwood lumber imports just a few of the items on the table that will impact the forestry sector.

One of the most significant issues for forestry will be the proposed overhaul of the federal tax code. Any major tax reform initiative will likely impact existing provisions that apply to timber sales, forest management expenses, reforestation costs, and related expenses involved in the business of growing trees commercially.

President Trump and the Congressional GOP leaders have been working together for months to develop a unified tax reform plan, which they hope to roll out later this summer.

While there is no specific information concerning what will be included in the unified tax reform plan, President Trump and GOP leaders are all in agreement on the elimination of the estate tax, also known as the death tax.

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The F&W Forestry Report is published quarterly for our clients reporting on the latest market conditions, timber prices and legislation affecting forestry.

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